Michigan Tech hoops takes show on the road

HOUGHTON – The basketball teams at Michigan Tech University are a combined 13-1 at home. This weekend, both teams are headed downstate for a pair of tough games against GLIAC North foes, Hillsdale and Saginaw Valley State.

The Lady Huskies victory over Grand Valley Saturday gives them a two–game lead over everyone else in the division. In the men’s North Division, Ferris State and Saginaw Valley are undefeated in conference play, with Lake State and Michigan Tech in third and fourth place respectively. In order to stay in contention, both Huskies teams must continue their winning ways on the road, starting in Hillsdale tomorrow night.

“From here on out, it’s a coin flip,” said MTU head men’s basketball coach Kevin Luke. “You have to be able to execute your systems and be tough. You can’t make up any excuses and keep playing, because if you don’t, they will beat you.”

“We have to bring energy if we want to successful,” said Huskies forward Kyle Stankowski. “We have a lot of energy at home and we fed off of it. When we’re on the road, we have to bring it for ourselves and keep building on each other.”

“It never gets any easier,” said Huskies head women’s basketball coach Kim Cameron. “You’re struggling to get through every single game. When you get done with one you look to the next one and you think, ‘Oh my gosh’, you’re waiting for it to get easier. I think the (GLIAC) North is going to get any easier.

“If you don’t come ready to play and you don’t defend, you’re going to have a tough time winning in this league. We need to stay consistent going forward,” Cameron went on to say.

“The (GLIAC) North is so good. We know how hard it is to win in the north,” said Huskies guard Morgan Anderson. “We just have to continue doing what we’ve been doing- playing good defense and knocking down our shots. Anyone at anytime can beat anyone in the north. If we play average, we will get beat and that’s how it goes.”

The Lady Huskies take on the Chargers tomorrow at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. Northern Michigan will be at Saginaw Valley State tomorrow, taking on the Cardinals.

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